Okinawa was first settled by a small group of Japanese immigrants from the island of Okinawa after WWII. They were given plots of land by the Bolivian government and old farm equipment to work the land by the US government.
Fast forward 50+ years and Okinawa is a bustling small town with an interesting fusion of the Japanese and Bolivian culture. It’s an agrarian community with its principle crops of sugar cane and soybean.
Salesian Lay Missioners (SLMs) have been a presence in this small Japanese colony since the early 1990’s to work at the Salesian school run by the Salesian Sisters teaching a wide range of subjects. SLMs can also find themselves out in the communities organizing catechism classes, health seminars, and youth activities.
SLM Ministry Opportunities
- Teaching English, computers, catechism, and a host of other possible subjects
- Visit communities with the Salesian sisters
- Working with the boarding students with homework and daily chores
- Sports ministry – they love soccer and volleyball!
- Music ministry – playing at mass, forming music groups and regularly practicing
- Villa Feliz – “Happy Village” is a summer program organized by the SLMs and sisters that leads up to Christmas.